The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Grigory Vasilievich Kutuzov Character Analysis

Fyodor Pavlovich’s faithful servant who raised Dmitri Fyodorovich from the age of three. He is married to Marfa Ignatievna. He detested Fyodor’s first wife, Adelaida Ivanovna, but defended the honor of his second wife, Sofia Ivanovna, by chasing Fyodor’s orgy partners out of the house. The narrator describes Grigory as “a firm and unwavering man,” though he is actually stubborn to the point of self-defeat; he persistently pursues his points, however illogical they may be, as though they were immutable truths. Otherwise, he is “honest and incorruptible” but regards all women as “without honor.” He is also extremely loyal; after the emancipation of the serfs, he refused his wife’s suggestion that they leave the Karamazovs and go to Moscow. He nearly dies after Dmitri Fyodorovich hits him over the head with the pestle that he took from Fenya’s table while trying to escape from Fyodor’s property.

Grigory Vasilievich Kutuzov Quotes in The Brothers Karamazov

The The Brothers Karamazov quotes below are all either spoken by Grigory Vasilievich Kutuzov or refer to Grigory Vasilievich Kutuzov. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of The Brothers Karamazov published in 1990.
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 12 Quotes

“I gathered some information: he hated his origin, was ashamed of it, and gnashed his teeth when he recalled that he was ‘descended from Stinking Lizaveta.’ He was irreverent towards the servant Grigory and his wife, who had been his childhood benefactors. He cursed Russia and laughed at her. He dreamed of going to France and remaking himself as a Frenchman. He used to talk about it often and said that he only lacked the means to do so. It seems to me that he loved no one but himself, and his respect for himself was peculiarly high [….] Considering himself (and there are facts to support it) the illegitimate son of Fyodor Pavlovich, he might very well detest his position as compared with that of his master’s legitimate children: everything goes to them […] to them all the rights, to them the inheritance, while he is just a cook.”

Page Number: 738
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Grigory Vasilievich Kutuzov Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

The timeline below shows where the character Grigory Vasilievich Kutuzov appears in The Brothers Karamazov. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 2: The First Son Sent Packing
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Fyodor abandons three-year-old Dmitri, leaving him in the care of his servant, Grigory. This isn’t out of malice but simply because Fyodor forgets about the boy. So, Dmitri... (full context)
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 3: Second Marriage, Second Children
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...he remains a philanderer and has orgies at the house, in front of his wife. Grigory, who hated his former mistress, Adelaida, takes Sofia’s side. On one occasion, he breaks up... (full context)
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...life. After her death, Fyodor forgets about the boys and they, too, end up in Grigory’s cottage, just as their older brother had. One day General Vorokhov’s widow finds them in... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 1: In the Servants’ Quarters
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...only he and Ivan are living there. Three servants live in the cottage: the elderly Grigory, his wife Marfa, and Smerdyakov, who is a young man. (full context)
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Grigory made the decision to stay with Fyodor after the liberation of the serfs due to... (full context)
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Grigory and Marfa had only one baby, and it died. Grigory loves children and doesn’t conceal... (full context)
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Two weeks after his baptism, Grigory and Marfa’s son died of thrush. For many years afterward, Grigory never mentioned his child,... (full context)
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...awoke during the night and listened to what sounded like a woman groaning. She woke Grigory. He got up and went out into the warm May night. He opened the door... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 2: Stinking Lizaveta
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...town was wondering who had impregnated Lizaveta. The rumor spread that Fyodor was the culprit. Grigory stood up for his master against the rumors and even managed to convince many people... (full context)
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After giving birth, Lizaveta died “towards morning.” Grigory took the infant into the servant’s cottage. He saw the newborn as a gift from... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 6: Smerdyakov
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...started to talk and is quite a talker. Smerdyakov is only twenty-four and usually taciturn. Grigory insists that he grew up “without any gratitude” and “was fond of hanging cats and... (full context)
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Grigory taught Smerdyakov how to read and write using the Scriptures. During the second or third... (full context)
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Grigory and Marfa notice that, at dinner, Smerdyakov has become particularly discerning and studies his food... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 7: Disputation
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Smerdyakov tells Grigory and Fyodor about a Russian soldier who was captured by Asians and forced “on pain... (full context)
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...he’s not a Christian. Furthermore, he was never baptized, so he’s not a Christian anyway. Grigory is dumbfounded by Smerdyakov’s speech, while Fyodor bursts “into shrill laughter.” (full context)
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...that renouncing his faith would be “a little sin” and “a rather ordinary one.” Though Grigory curses him for belittling the sin, Smerdyakov explains what he means. In the Scriptures, it... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 9: The Sensualists
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Grigory and Smerdyakov run back into the room, after having struggled with Dmitri in the front... (full context)
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Ivan and Grigory help Fyodor into an armchair. His face is bloody, but Dmitri gives him “a hateful... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 2: At His Father’s
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...didn’t want Ivan to know about this visit. Marfa Ignatievna opens the gate for Alexei (Grigory is ill and in bed in the cottage) and tells him that Ivan left two... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 6: A Rather Obscure One for the Moment
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...“to be laid up with a fit.” In that case, Ivan says, he should warn Grigory, who will certainly not let Dmitri in. Smerdyakov says that he would never tell Grigory... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 7: “It’s Always Interesting to Talk with an Intelligent Man”
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...porch and asks if he’ll return, because he’ll always be glad to see him. Smerdyakov, Grigory, and Marfa also come out to say goodbye. Ivan gives them each ten roubles. While... (full context)
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...fit. Smerdyakov is put to bed in the cottage, in a small room next to Grigory and Marfa’s. Then, Fyodor learns that Grigory, too, is bedridden. His back has gone out. (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 4: In the Dark
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Just then, Grigory wakes up, feeling a pain in the small of his back. Smerdyakov “lay in the... (full context)
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Dmitri takes out a white handkerchief and puts it to Grigory’s head. He then wonders why he’s bothering. If he killed Grigory, there’s nothing more to... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 2: The Alarm
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...woke up and rushed to Smerdyakov, who was “struggling and gasping horribly.” When she called Grigory, she realized that he wasn’t in bed. She went out to the porch, called him,... (full context)
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Grigory muttered incoherently to Marfa Ignatievna. She began to scream and saw that Fyodor Pavlovich’s window... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 3: The Soul’s Journey through Torments. The First Torment.
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...man, but not that of his father. They tell him that he needn’t worry about Grigory; he’s alive. Dmitri is thankful for the news. (full context)
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Ippolit Kirillovich goes on to say that Grigory has given them important evidence regarding Dmitri. Dmitri then tries to leave to go to... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 5: The Third Torment
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...ran to the fence. Fyodor saw him, cried out, and jumped back from the window. Grigory then caught up with him at the fence. (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 6: The Prosecutor Catches Mitya
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...is also stained with blood. Dmitri explains how he stained it due to fussing over Grigory, then tucked it under while washing up at Pyotr Ilyich’s. They tell him that they... (full context)
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Ippolit Kirillovich informs Dmitri that it was Grigory who told them that the door to the garden was open. The servant has also... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 7: Mitya’s Great Secret. Met with Hisses.
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...that what ended up tormenting him the most was, not that he may have killed Grigory, but that he spent the money in his amulet. (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 4: A Hymn and a Secret
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...man and calls him “a smooth Petersburg swindler” who doesn’t believe a word he says. Grigory, of course, stands by his testimony. He’s honest, Dmitri says, but a fool. (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 8: The Third and Last Meeting with Smerdyakov
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...still alive. Fyodor called out to him, saying Dmitri was there and that he killed Grigory in the garden. Smerdyakov then decided to kill Fyodor. He figured that, even if Grigory... (full context)
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...pink ribbon next to it. He then went back to bed. He figured that, if Grigory lived, he would be a witness against Dmitri. He began groaning to waken Marfa Ignatievna,... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 2: Dangerous Witnesses
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Grigory Vasilievich testifies that Fyodor cheated Dmitri out of his settlement and owed him several thousands.... (full context)
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Fetyukovich gets Grigory to admit that he drank some of the balm he made to soothe his back,... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 8: A Treatise on Smerdyakov
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...whom the prosecutor insists was already dead, after the alarm had already been raised over Grigory? (full context)
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...Smerdyakov was—would have left it behind. Finally, the prosecutor asserts that Dmitri didn’t check on Grigory’s condition out of pity, but to be sure that his only witness was dead. (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 9: Psychology at Full Steam. The Galloping Troika. The Finale of the Prosecutor’s Speech
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Dmitri, Ippolit Kirillovich says, only considered himself guilty for the supposed murder of Grigory. The prosecutor claims that this was merely an act of sincerity to win over the... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 10: The Defense Attorney’s Speech. A Stick with Two Ends
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...takes issue, however, with Ippolit Kirillovich’s claim that Dmitri couldn’t have been expressing sensitivity toward Grigory after striking him. He says that Dmitri was able to be piteous because his conscience... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 12: And There Was No Murder Either
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...wasn’t at his father’s house, he ran away. In regard to the open door, only Grigory, who wasn’t in any condition to know for sure, testified to it being open. That... (full context)